What to do with this activity?
1. You can encourage your child to write. Here are some ideas for writing your child might like to do:
- cards for family and friends birthdays and other occasions.
- emails or text messages.
- lyrics of their favourite songs so they can learn them.
- rhymes and raps they have made up themselves.
- a diary.
- lists - like “things to take on holiday” or “likes and dislikes”.
- the rules when they make up a new game with their friends.
2. Be available to help out with spelling, checking with the dictionary if you need to.
3. Talk to your child about what they write. Be interested and praise what they have done well, saying what you liked.
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.
Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.
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